In photos: SpaceX's SN5 Starship prototype soars on 1st test flight

On Aug. 4, 2020, SpaceX’s SN5 Starship prototype took a short, uncrewed hop that could end up leading to humanity’s next giant leap.

SN5 flew about 500 feet (150 meters) above SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, near the village of Boca Chica. It was the first-ever test flight for a full-size prototype of the company’s Mars-colonizing Starship spacecraft. (The first flights overall for the Starship development line were made in 2019 by a small, stubby craft dubbed Starhopper.) 

See some of the best photos of the landmark flight below.


Not just up and down

500 feet high

Beauty shot

Coming down

Landing legs deployed



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